In December, the Institute will host two visiting scholars — Igor and Olga Shiyan, who will present on their research on children’s dialectical thinking—and contemporary Vygotskian-inspired work in the US and Russia. They will be in the US to complete a 15-year research and teaching project with the University of Central Arkansas, and are eager to deepen ties with the Institute and NYC Vygotskian practitioners and scholars. Lois Holzman and Carrie Lobman first met Igor in 2009 in Moscow at the 10th International Vygotsky conference.
Professor Igor Shiyan is chairperson of the Educational and Research Center in Child Development at Moscow City Pedagogical University, where Professor Olga Shiyan is professor in the Department of Psychology in Education. In addition, both are part time professors at the L.S. Vygotsky Psychology Institute at the Russian State University for the Humanities.